And now, Lemieux is interested in seeing if he can fix the Pirates.
Lemieux and Ron Burkle, co-owners of the Penguins, recently made an unsolicited offer to buy the Pirates in a face-to-face meeting with that team's owner, Bob Nutting, but the offer did not receive a response.
Sources on the Penguins' side last night described the offer made by Mr. Lemieux and Mr. Burkle as "very serious," without divulging a dollar figure, and said they remain interested in following up.
Nutting has said the team isn't for sale, but I think a lot of Pirates fans are hoping it will be soon. Forbes magazine estimated the Pirates' value last year at $288 million, with only the Florida Marlins below them. And considering the Pirates have a team payroll under $36 million, they're going no where fast.
The one thing that makes this difficult is despite the losing, the Pirates have made money the last six years (mainly because they don't pay their players). So Nutting may not want to part ways with the team. But I think all of Pittsburgh would love for Lemieux to take this team over and turn it into something.